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Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:32 am
Edited on: March 5, 2012 11:32 am
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

He may only be an interim commissioner, and the Big 12 may have already started the process of finding his replacement, but Chuck Neinas is the latest conference commissioner to publicly voice his support of a college football playoff.

Neinas told The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel that he likes the idea of a playoff, and like Roy Kramer and Larry Scott before him, he also thinks sending conference champions would be the way to go.

“I like the idea, if you're going to take four, take four champions,” Neinas said. “They're not hard to identify.

“The selection process is one that would concern me. The easiest is taking four conference champions.”

Neinas also told Tramel he didn't see any downside to college football adopting a playoff format, explaining that college football needs to make changes to maintain what it has. 

“Looking at it very broadly, we've agreed, we've got to do something to maintain public interest. We want a vibrant postseason. We have to explore ideas that will make it better. There's obviously strong support of a four-team arrangement.”

So, to sum it all up, in the last few weeks we've had current, former or interim commissioners from the Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC and the Big 12 publicly support the idea of a four-team playoff. Three of those four have said they think having only conference champions be eligible is the best way to go about it.

So if I can read between the lines here, a college football playoff is coming, and only conference champions will be eligible.

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Comments

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:26 pm
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

But I won't pass this one up: For 2 years in a row the ACC Champs, the VIRGINIA TECH Hokies, beat your beloved bunch of HUSKER'S butts, and played for 60 minutes in both games in Lincoln and Blacksburg. I couldn't pass this up.  Be sure you know what you are talking about the next time you bash the ACC, before you overload your moutn again. THANKS, and have a super B1G10 Day !
I wasn't defending the Huskers. They haven't been to a BCS bowl in 10 years and, quite frankly, shouldn't have been in the Rose Bowl against Miami in 2001. Now the 1999-2000 Fiesta Bowl team was a helluva team and probably the last dominant team (in all phases of the  game) Nebraska had.

As far as the ACC goes, you can't escape the BCS bowl record of ACC teams (not just Va Tech). It is abysmal. When Miami, Va Tech, and Boston College joined the ACC I thought the conference would compete with the SEC. Instead they are consistently the 4th or 5th best conference in the country.

And as far as the Big 10. Nebraska did what it had to do for long term stability of the progrqam and the school in general. But you won't find me defending the Big Ten. I've always felt they (the Big 10) were overrated and propped up by ESPN and others. I thought the Big 12 was the second best conference this past year, and with the addition of West Virginia and TCU, it looks like the Big 12 is the 2nd best conference coming into the 2012 season.



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:12 pm
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

My apologies. I didn't understand your comment as you meant them to mean.<br />




Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:59 pm
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

The majority of fans wanted and got Instant Replay. A Nebraska fan complaining about the 2009 Big 12 CCG, when Instant Replay worked properly displays the bitterness and blindness of defeat.

Missed the point entirely. What I was trying to say is that college football was one second away from having Cincinnati versus Alabama in the National Championship Game. The Bearcats moved to number 3 in the final BCS poll ahead of TCU and Boise State. What I recall is the advantage over TCU was very narrow. If Texas would have lost, Cincinnati would have been number 2, unbeaten, but coming from a crappy conference. If Florida crushed them 44 to 6, what would Alabama have done to them. 

To be clear, at least in the 4 team format, a pretender like that would be crushed in the semi's, but with the Big Least devolving into a mid-major conference, there should be some criteria (and not RPI---it's a joke) that determines which conference goes.

It's a good point about the independents. Even though Notre Dame has been irrelevant in football for over 2 decades, they're still treated like the 800 pound gorilla (why they are is beyond me). Personally, I think the conference commissioners should push the independents into conferences since the playoff selection is so limited. If it were a 8 or 12 team playoff, maybe you could come up with some criteria for at-large teams.



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:00 pm
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

I think what the NCAA should do in regards to a playoff is this here that is take the winners of the four bcs bowl games and have them play for the national championship.  So technically it be a 8 team playoff because any of the 8 teams have a shot of winning and advancing to the championship round.  If the NCAA addopted this method more teams would have the opportunity to compete for a national championship, it will create more excitement among fans knowing that there is a greater opportunity to compete for a national title.  One loss does not  per say disqualify a team nor does having to be ranked 1 or 2 in the polls making the process more fairer.




Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:05 pm
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

It certainly appears that a "Plus One" system is coming, and I believe that the selection will be limited to Conference Champions.  This is what the Commissioners from the various conference seem to want.  Basically, the Champions from the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12, and SEC are going to have first shot at the playoffs. All the other conferences are going to have to hope that two of those 5 conferences end up with champions with 2 or more losses, and that their champion goes undefeated.  There is simply no way that the BCS would take a one loss Big East champ over a one loss champ from any of the 5 above mentioned conferences.  Current non AQ conferences have less of a chance than the Big East has.  The only question that remains to be ironed out is what to do about the Bowls.  It should be interesting.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:59 pm
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

Undertow1959..............Normally, I avoid answering any of your remarks made on these Post because it is always a slant at some other league or schools within those leagues. But I won't pass this one up: For 2 years in a row the ACC Champs, the VIRGINIA TECH Hokies, beat your beloved bunch of HUSKER'S butts, and played for 60 minutes in both games in Lincoln and Blacksburg. I couldn't pass this up.  Be sure you know what you are talking about the next time you bash the ACC, before you overload your moutn again. THANKS, and have a super B1G10 Day !



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:54 pm
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

Undertow is pretty funny. The majority of fans wanted and got Instant Replay. A Nebraska fan complaining about the 2009 Big 12 CCG, when Instant Replay worked properly displays the bitterness and blindness of defeat. The majority of fans want a playoff and the best 4 Conference Champions should be in it. Let's see, The SEC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten are the easy choices, if they are the best of the Conference Champions.<br />




Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:53 pm
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

Undertow1959, why the hell not? Alabama will have had its chances and failed. The regular season is the early rounds of the playoffs in this scenario. So what if some teams have a ridiculously easy bracket, so long as they can convince the arbiters--insert jokes here--and slide-rule jockeys that they're legit?

Granted, they should get voters who are committed to watching the games and start the polls in the fifth or sixth week of the season.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:44 pm
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

Except that we both know that that won't fly without accounting for Notre Dame, Brigham Young, and Army. Theoretically speaking; theocratically and militarily, too, I suppose.



Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:39 pm
 

Chuck Neinas supports a four-team playoff

I like the idea, if you're going to take four, take four champions,” Neinas said. “They're not hard to identify

Not hard to identify indeed. Particularly when you have the ACC champ consistently losing BCS gams and recently getting clubbed by 40 points to the newest member of the Big 12 and the Big Least (sans West Virginia, Pittsburg, and Syracuse) looking more and more like a conglomeration of the WAC, Mountain West, and Conference USA.

It will be interesting if you have a team like a 2009 Cincinnati club who obviously played in a weak conference and was unbeaten before Florida took them to the woodshed in the Sugar Bowl. What people don't remember is if 1 second isn't put back on the clock in the Big 12 title game and Texas isn't allowed to kick the field goal, Cincinnati would have been playing in the National Championship Game, not TCU or Boise State, the other undefeated teams. Talk about a travesty.

Conference strength, not just BCS rankings needs to come into play in determining the four participants. In 2014, an undefeated South Florida should not be put in ahead of a 2 loss Alabama team.


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